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Garner Simmons

Garner Simmons has worked as a writer, producer and director in both film (A Rare Breed, Miracle Landing) and television (Falcon Crest, Yellow Rose, Buck James, the original series V and Poltergeist: the Legacy). He has written or rewritten over 200 episodes of television, movies-of-the-week and miniseries, as well as numerous screenplays.

He is the author of a biography of the late filmmaker Sam Peckinpah (Peckinpah: A Portrait in Montage, 1982, revised 1998), and has contributed to DVD commentaries on 12 of Peckinpah’s 14 feature films.

He is a graduate of Colgate University with a PhD from Northwestern University’s Graduate School of Communication for Television and Film, Garner Simmons, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Sheila McHugh Simmons and three grown sons.

He keeps a website at

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